Philosophy and the Digital Generation

Course code PHIL2920Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of philosophy of mind, ethics, philosophy of technology, and political philosophy. It also teaches students to apply these ideas and principles to analyse the philosophical issues arising from the information technologies in contemporary society by examining how the technologies influence our understanding of human mind and artificial intelligence, human existence/experience in virtual world vs. real world, online community and politics, as well as related social, legal, ethical and political issues.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students should be able to:
(1) Understand the key concepts and principles of philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy applicable to the philosophical issues arising from the design and use of digital technologies.
(2) Identify, define, and critically analyse the philosophical issues in the design, development, and application of digital technologies by applying the key concepts and principles of relevant philosophy theories.
(3) Appreciate the philosophical and social contexts of digital technologies and critically evaluate their societal, legal, and political implications in reference to the learned philosophic theories.
(4) Effectively communicate their understanding of the philosophical issues digital technologies and the analysis of such issues in written and verbal language.
ContentThe course covers the key concepts and principles of philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. It discusses the philosophical issues encountered in the pervasive use of digital technologies in contemporary societies around the world. By using popular cultural materials such as movies, games, documentaries the course examines how digital technologies transform human perception and experience of reality, our understanding of human mind and artificial intelligence in general, and human life as experienced by the generation born with digital technology in particular. The course also covers the social and political impacts the technologies have on contemporary society in its role of forming virtual community, stimulating and organizing social movements such as recently events of 'Jasmine Revolution', 'Arab Spring'. Lastly, it examines the legal and national security issues posed by the pervasive use of the technologies such as Google book, Google Map, etc.
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Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment item 1: Minor Essay (1000 words) and tutorial presentation 30%

Assessment item 2: Case study and report (group work, 2000-3000 words) 30%

Assessment item 3: Major essay (1500 words)40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term